IT’S A NIGHT FOR FIRST TIME WINNERS AT BIG DIAMOND
(Track Press Release) Colt Harris achieved a long term goal on Friday evening when he won the first Station House 358 Modified feature event of his career at the Big Diamond Speedway. Harris, a local favorite at the 3/8 mile clay, has been racing at Big Diamond since 2005 and finally made it to Victory Lane after a flag-to flag win in the twenty-five lap feature event win.
August 3, 2012 Video Highlights
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358 Modified Feature Highlights
Sportsman Feature Highlights
Sportsman Shiley Challenge One-On-One Highlights
Roadrunner Feature Highlights
Mike Glass was a first time winner in the USS Achey Sportsman feature after apparent winner, Daryl Dissinger was disqualified by track officials. Marc Berzowski held off the late race advances of Jeremy Becker to win his third Wooden Keg Tavern Roadrunner feature.
Harris’ name will now be added to the list of All Time Feature Winners at the Big Diamond Speedway where his uncle, Kenny Harris, Sr. has two career wins.
Harris and Doug Manmiller led the starting field to the green flag as Harris won the drag race for the lead but a multi-car tangle in turn four necessitated a complete restart. On the next attempt, the starting field led by Harris made it into turn three before another multi-car incident brought out the red flag. Stewartsville, NJ driver, Gary Hager got upside down while Kevin Albert became airborne after hard contact with the turn three wall. Both cars were heavily damaged but there were no injuries as a result of the incident. The cars of Duane Howard, Ricky Yetter, Brad Arnold and Gary Wagner were also towed to the pits with significant damage while Rick Laubach, John Willman and Jim Bobbitt, Jr. were able to rejoin the rear of the field.
The third time was the charm as Harris again took command when the green flag waved. Neal Williams was able to move into second as he and Manmiller exited turn two but Manmiller quickly took the spot back as the pair exited turn four.
Ray Swinehart got out of the groove in turn two, bringing out a lap three caution when Bobbitt and Ron Haring, Jr. made contact with Swinehart.
Green flag racing prevailed as Harris was flawless in his performance. Williams went high on lap seven, allowing several cars to go by. At the half way point, Dan Hineline trailed Harris as Jeff Strunk ran in third followed by Williams and Manmiller.
With eight laps remaining, the young driver would face another challenge as he caught the tail end of the field and had to negotiate the lapped traffic while Strunk moved up to second. Strunk looked to the inside of Harris’ Crown 7 in the closing laps but Harris maintained his line of choice and crossed the finish line first with Strunk on his bumper. Hineline finished third followed by Williams and Manmiller.
Mike Glass was the early race leader in the USS Achey Sportsman Feature, losing the lead briefly to another first year driver, Heath Metzger. Glass would regain the lead but would later be passed by Dissinger for the apparent victory. The final rundown would be determined in post race tech with Glass being declared the winner. Doug Hendricks finished second in the revised standings followed by Kevin Beach, Jr, Billy Moyer, Jr. and Ray Woodall, Jr.
Despite several late race challenges, Marc Berzowski won his third Wooden Keg Tavern Roadrunner Feature of the season over Jeremy Becker. Terry Kramer, Jr. won the battle for third over top feature winner, Joey Brennan. Jim Kost finished fifth at the checkered.
Shiley Fabrication sponsored the one-on-one Sportsman Challege races for the top eleven point contenders in the USS Achey Sportsman. Charles Webber was the winner of two rounds before being defeated by point leader, Hendricks. Wayne Witmer would defeat Hendricks in the next go round before losing to Glass. Glass took the win in two rounds before his loss to Tim Fitzpatrick. Woodall, Jr. would unseat both Tim and Shawn Fitzpatrick before taking on Beach, Jr. for the final contest. Woodall was the overall winner and the winner of three rounds, earning $480 for his efforts.